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November 4, 1961

711 Medical Maxims, Vol. II. By W. S

JAMA. 1961;178(5):530. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040440082021

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The function of a book of maxims or aphorisms is not always easy to decide. It may be a helpful mechanism for fixing some stark fact in the memory or a simple way of refreshing the memory and leading the person to a more extensive study of some topic. Aphorisms themselves may be so elegantly stated that they are "burrs that stick in the memory," as Osler has described them. This book by Reveno is a little more ambitious since it contains a very extensive index which will enable one to look things up in a moment. Perhaps the main thing that can be said about such a collection is that it serves as a useful repository for miscellaneous facts which may be used to jog the memory and then serve as an incentive to a further study of the problem discussed or the point made. Therefore, it makes satisfactory

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